PlayerUnknown\u2019s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG, is a massively popular online multiplayer battle royale game. This highly-competitive action game is played by almost every mobile gamer now. You can just pass by any public space and you\u2019ll surely see at least two to three people glued to their screen, tapping away with gunshots blaring in the background. So, it comes not as a surprise that PUBG mobile became the top-grossing smartphone game in Q3 of 2019.\r\n\r\n \r\nMurder by Numbers\r\nMarket intelligence firm Sensor Tower released the Q3 report revealing the statistics. PUBG Mobile\u2019s revenue numbers soared up to 652% on a year-on-year period. Its earnings nearly touched half-a-billion dollars, amassing a whopping $496 million just in the third quarter of this year alone. This record-high figure essentially makes PUBG Mobile the world\u2019s highest-grossing smartphone game. It also ranked second for most downloads worldwide on the App Store and Google Play for the same quarter. Although PUBG Mobile successfully dethroned heavyweight rival Honor of Kings, Tencent is the sure winner. The Chinese conglomerate serves as the publisher of both mobile games.\r\n\r\nOn the other hand, usual chart-toppers Honor of Kings (known as Arena of Valor in the West) and Sony Aniplex\u2019s Fate\/Grand Order came in at second and third places. They generated revenues of $377 million and $354 million during the same quarter, respectively.\r\n\r\nAlthough landing at number four, Niantic\u2019s Pokemon Go serves as Q3\u2019s fastest-growing mobile game in terms of earnings. It brought in $308 million and a 63% growth rate from the second quarter.\r\n\r\nFinally, Nintendo\u2019s Mario Kart Tour sprinted straight at number three for most downloads worldwide with $86 million. This came about despite the fact the game was only released just days before Q3\u2019s end.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nRespawned in China\r\nPUBG Mobile attained the said number after taking a separate record only last month. As Sensor Tower also reported, it became the first battle royale mobile game to break through the $1 billion revenue mark. That goes for both Android and iOS platforms.\r\n\r\nMay 2019 saw Tencent almost pull the game out from China after months of dismal sales. It was then relaunched under the title Game for Peace, albeit packed with pro-Chinese military propaganda elements. The Chinese government soon granted the game with a license to monetize. Since the re-release, PUBG Mobile has garnered a 540% increase in earnings.\r\n\r\n \r\nGoogle Play versus App Store\r\nUser spending rates also increased for both Apple and Android devices, though the former wins the head-to-head battle. It generated $9.8 billion while Android showed up with $6.5 billion for the same period.\r\n\r\nDownloads also spiked as both platforms combined for a total of 11.1 billion. Google Play lords it over the App Store this time, accounting for 8.7 billion downloads over the latter\u2019s 2.3 billion.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nPUBG Mobile Updates\r\nAnd to make it even better, Tencent released the PUBG Mobile Update 0.15.0 just a couple of days ago. It features a new Payload Mode complete with more heavy weaponry such as grenade launchers and miniguns. Players can now operate a helicopter and take it into battle. Finally, users can also fix damaged vehicles with a repair pack and call in airstrikes as well.